Sporting Champions | Jack Stodel – British American Football Player

Sporting Champions | Jack Stodel – British American Football Player


What inspired me to get into American
Football was the increased media coverage of the sport in this country. I saw my first game on a Snapchat story, just seeing it, all the, sort of, big hits, intricate passing, amazing catching, it was just my sport from day one, really. I think American Football in the UK, it could get near the scope of the US, but, I don’t think it’ll ever quite reach it. Football has been the predominant sport
for so long, I don’t think anything could ever, really take over that, but, but we can definitely, definitely
improve the standard here, and get right up there. My Sporting Idol, ever since I first got
into the sport was Odell Beckham Jr. It’s almost magical watching him play, he’s just so incredible on the field, what he’s able to do, no other Wide Reciever
in history has been able to do that, and it’s amazing to watch his career progress. A typical week of training
for me is a lot about the upper body, so in American Football, the upper body is a
massive part of everything you do, from blocking your opponent to take
them out the play, to catching the ball in all sorts of
different places, just overall power, a lot of it comes
from the upper body. I do train the legs quite a bit as well, but it’s only really one day a week, just for high explosion, off-the-line,
quickness, agility, things like that. I have two proudest moments from my
sporting career. One of them was stepping onto the
field for the first time for Great Britain. When you’re standing there, with
the national anthem playing, you just feel like you’re part of something that
is a lot bigger than yourself, and it’s a really, sort of, humbling feeling. My other one – it’s seeing how the game
has progressed, and the level that we’re
stepping up to now is really great to see. My biggest aspiration in life is to
take the sport in this country, and raise it as high as it can possibly go. There are so many people in
this country who are worthy, and good enough to make it a lot
further than this sport can take them in this country, and I want to be
someone that changes that scene, so that there is a full league here, where
they can still get paid. Anyone that wants to try out
American Football in 2019, find your local club and get
down as soon as possible. It is such a fantastic opportunity, and something you will truly
be proud to be a part of. The scope of the game right now is
changing so quickly, and the competition is as fierce as ever, no matter what team
you join you will be needed, and you will be a part of a community that is
far, far beyond yourself.

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